Vent ball at top of St. Simons Island Lighthouse (GA) undergoes repair
To the casual observer, the ball at the top of the 104-foot-tall St. Simons Island lighthouse appears ornamental, but it once vented a kerosene lamp. After 149 years, aged and weathered, the vent required the skills of some specially skilled repairmen.
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Japan’s oldest wooden lighthouse to be moved for first time in centuries
Japan’s Imazu Todai Lighthouse will be relocated across a river as part of work to shore up Imazu Port just west of Osaka against the threat of tsunami. The beacon was originally built in 1810 to aid vessels transporting famed sake from Nishinomiya and surrounding areas to Edo, present-day Tokyo.
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Keeper’s house on DeTour Point (MI) destroyed by fire
The keeper’s house from DeTour Point Lighthouse has burned to the ground, leaving only a chimney standing. The house was in private ownership. The light was transferred to DeTour Reef Light when it was built in 1931.
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Foghorn signals re-opening of Sumburgh Lighthouse (Scotland) after delay
The first blast of the foghorn at Sumburgh Head in more than a year-and-a-half signaled the re-opening of the lighthouse visitor center last Saturday. Families, birdwatchers, locals and some tourists – totaling more than 200 – made their way to top of Sumburgh Head to welcome the start of the season.
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Director Rob Aspe discusses his documentary “The Last Lighthouse Keepers”
Director Rob Aspe takes viewers on a stunning journey around New England’s coastline as he explores the history and uncertain future of iconic lighthouses, along with the passionate few trying to save them, in his documentary feature The Last Lightkeepers.
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How to save a lighthouse? Sleep in one.
At moonrise, Lorraine Coyle likes to climb the five flights of stairs to the gallery deck of the lantern room at Borden Flats Lighthouse, located 1,500 feet off the coast of Massachusetts. “The flag is flapping in the wind, seagulls fly by at eye level, and there’s nothing like the sound of a foghorn,” says Coyle, a New Yorker and frequent guest at this offshore lighthouse at the mouth of the Taunton River.
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Grand Haven Lighthouse (MI) to become public museum
Nestled along Lake Michigan is Grand Haven’s iconic lighthouse. Dave Karpin, president of the Grand Haven Lighthouse Conservancy, said their plan is to turn the lighthouse into a public museum. “We’re calling it the Inside Out Project because we’re bringing the inside of the lighthouse out to the public,” Karpin said. “We want to try to re-create the way it looked back in 1921.” And now, more than 150 years after it was built in the 1870s, the lighthouse is inching closer to bringing people inside its doors for the first time in years.
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Jeremy D’Entremont is the author of more than 20 books and hundreds of articles on lighthouses and maritime history. He is the president and historian for the American Lighthouse Foundation and founder of Friends of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouses, and he has lectured and narrated cruises throughout the Northeast and in other regions. He is also the producer and host of the U.S. Lighthouse Society podcast, “Light Hearted.” He can be emailed at Jeremy@uslhs.org